Wow, vet visits for me are like putting meds in the ears or clipping toenails -- They have to be done, so we are going to do it, and we aren't going to fuss over it. The dogs are fine, so I am not concerned with biting. If I must, I will put the dog in a sit and grab the ear and put the medicine in there. Or I will tell the dog to Knock It Off if he is struggling with his toenails. But I don't stop until we are done, so he better just let me do it. It is up to me not to lose my cool and to persist. The dog will come round a lot quicker understanding that there is no choice, and we're going to do this.
I don't walk around like a pez dispenser. I give treats to dogs for absolutely nothing. I get a bag of treats, and I will pass them out. I'm bad that way. I will train a puppy in puppy class using treats, and maybe into basic obedience, by the end of the first basic, I don't do treats. And even then it was only on training day during classes. So my dogs are out of luck at the vets. I am not going to be pumping treats in their mouth. Sometimes the dog isn't supposed to eat anyway, for bloodwork or surgery or just because their sick or if they are nervous or need to be anesthetized, it may cause vomiting.
Only if a vet or vet tech has done something rather invasive or painful, and the dog was a trooper, will I say, can you give her a treat, when it is all over.
Maybe it does signify that the bad part is over when they get a treat. But that works for me. When we leave the vet's office, I tell my dog what a good girl or boy she is. Never when we are going to. I'm usually saying something to the effect, "well, we got to get this figured out." and always in a matter of fact tone of voice. It's neutral. I am not telling the dog to be good, I'm not telling the dog they are good. If a dog is really hurting, I will try to be very careful, and I will say, "I know it hurts, honey, we're going to make it better."
When I have puppies, I will sometimes come in just to weigh them. Sometimes they get to say hi to the vet techs, and sometimes the vet techs will offer them treats. These trips are useful because the pup doesn't always get poked or stabbed. I think they are not necessary, but they may make it easier to not only go there when you are really ill or hurt.
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